Drake, Lava

This muscular two-legged dragon is covered with scales of thick volcanic stone.

Lava Drake CR 9

XP 6,400
NE Large dragon (fire)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +15


AC 22, touch 12, flat-footed 19 (+3 Dex, +10 natural, –1 size)
hp 115 (11d12+44)
Fort +11, Ref +10, Will +8
Immune fire, paralysis, sleep
Weaknesses vulnerable to cold


Speed 20 ft., burrow (lava only) 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee bite +17 (1d8+7), 2 claws +17 (1d6+7), tail slap +15 (1d8+3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks magma shake, pyroclastic vomit


Str 25, Dex 16, Con 18, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +11; CMB +19 (+21 bull rush); CMD 32 (34 vs. bull rush)
Feats Awesome Blow, Flyby Attack, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Multiattack, Power Attack
Skills Climb +21, Fly +15, Intimidate +14, Perception +15, Stealth +13 (+21 submerged in molten rock or metal); Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth submerged in molten rock or metal
Languages Draconic
SQ hold breath, speed surge


Magma Shake (Ex)

Whenever a lava drake exits from being submerged in molten rock (either magma or lava), on the next round as a full-round action, it can shake its body, flicking a fine spray of scalding molten rock in every direction. All creatures within a 30-foot radius of the lava drake take 5d6 points of fire damage from the shower of scalding rock; a successful DC 18 Reflex save halves the damage. Performing a magma shake clears the drake’s scales of all excess molten rock and it must resubmerge itself in order to use this attack again. The save DC is Dexterity-based.

Pyroclastic Vomit (Ex)

As a standard action, a lava drake can vomit forth a ball of molten rock that explodes upon striking a target, showering the target and adjacent creatures in magma. This attack has a range of 100 feet, and deals 6d6 points of fire damage (Reflex DC 19 half) to the primary target and 3d6 points of fire damage to any creatures within 20 feet of the primary target. The magma continues to burn for 1d3 rounds, dealing an additional 3d6 points of fire damage per round to the primary target and 1d6 points of fire damage per round to any secondary targets. After the magma cools, it crumbles to dust. Once a lava drake has used its pyroclastic vomit, it cannot do so again for 1d6 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Speed Surge (Ex)

Three times per day as a swift action, a lava drake can draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed that allows it to take an addition move action that round.


Environment warm forests, hills, or mountains
Organization solitary, pair, or rampage (3–12)
Treasure standard

The deviant and destructive cousins of primal magma dragons, lava drakes rise from smoldering volcanic crevasses to terrorize and devour those creatures weaker than themselves. While far less intelligent that their draconic kin, they are equally arrogant and seek out the adoration of humanoids. They can and often do submerge themselves in molten rock, burrowing through the lava to sneak up on prey, or to provide a dramatic display of power to those who worship them. Thick, black-crusted scales cover a lava drake’s body. Stockier than other drakes, adults can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 4 © 2013, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, Savannah Broadway, Ross Byers, Adam Daigle, Tim Hitchcock, Tracy Hurley, James Jacobs, Matt James, Rob McCreary, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Tork Shaw, and Russ Taylor.

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